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In late 2015, Michelle Williams closed on a historic victorian house (technically: "Colonial Revival") on Albemarle road in Ditmas Park. This past March, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission approved her architect's plans to restore and renovate—a requirement for this address because it lands within the Prospect Park South Historic district. Just recently, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that restoration had begun, and included this picture of Michelle's new, bright-white cedar clapboard: But I'm curious: just how many...
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland turns 150 this year. To celebrate, on weekend nights this month, Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery will transform into a "Dark Wonderland," turning its 438 acres of rolling hills, gravestones, and mausoleums into a theatrical backdrop for music, dance, and art performances, featuring characters as "mad" as those in Carroll's fantasy classic.  With 560,000 people interred since opening in 1838--including some New York legends, like Jean-Michel Basquiat, William "Boss" Tweed, and Wizard of Oz actor...
Because 62 percent of Americans apparently need reminding: don't buy a house you think might be inhabited by ghosts, even (or especially) if some realtor is trying to foist it on you at fire sale prices. Do. Not. Do it. Oh, still on the fence? Still among the 25 percent of people who apparently wouldn't be too bothered by objects levitating in their home? Some words of wisdom from Carmen Reed, whose own haunted house...
Of course, this should be a going concern any time of year, but there's no point pretending that people don't get a little more interested in ghosts, hauntings, and general paranormal activity as soon as mid-to-late October rolls around. It's been drilled into us since childhood (and, I suppose, since the days of the pagans). And whether you're more inclined toward active ghost-hunting, quiet fear, or giving the souls of the dead the space and...

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